ACCESS Academy student wins Portland spelling bee

The spelling bee wrapped up around 1 p.m.

A total of 45 students competed in the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An ACCESS Academy student won the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Anna-Livia Regan defeated 44 other students in the regional spelling bee. The runner-up was Padmini Bhagavatula from Stoller Middle School.

The spelling bee held at the Hollywood Theatre, where winners from individual school spelling bees — consisting of fourth grade to eighth grade students — faced off for a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Regan will receive a $100 Visa gift card, the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award – 2017 U. S. Mint Proof set, a Britannica Online Premium certificate, a Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online one-year subscription and a one-week, all-expenses-paid, trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national spelling bee.

The competition started at 10 a.m. and wrapped up around 1 p.m.

The Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee was created in 2002 to send a Portland metro area winner to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.